The iPhone
ReadOasis Step 2 Apple Computer has revolutionized tech. In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh. It was the first successful personal computer with a mouse and menus. In 2001, Apple released the iPod. With the first iPod, you could carry "1000 songs in your pocket." Today an iPod can hold... Read more
Common Craft and Twitter
ReadOasis Step 1 Common Craft is a great website. Their product is explanation. They make short videos. Their videos are simple, and they explain big ideas in plain English. ReadOasis and Common Craft are similar. Common Craft shares big tech ideas with video in plain English. And ReadOasis shares... Read more
The Rabbit Explosions
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 4 It is the year 1859. Thomas Austin is a sheep rancher in Australia. He wants to hunt rabbits on his ranch, but he faces a problem: there are no rabbits in Australia. So, he decides to import some rabbits all the way from... Read more
The Dead Wife
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of their tribe. They often spent the day hunting together. But after awhile, the wife had so many other things to do... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is an author. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world's most prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But... Read more
The Best Things
The following is a summary of a famous quote from Steve Jobs. Usually, people remember the part “Great artists steal.” But this is really about how to make “the best things.” It also shows how Steve Jobs blended the arts and sciences. Simple Version ReadOasis Step 1 It comes... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 1 — Ease & Enjoyment
The famous professor of Psychology, B.F. Skinner said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love for reading”. I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD., and I am asking the question, “Why read big?”  Reason number is because of “Ease and Enjoyment”. To learn English, to learn a foreign language... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 2 — Big Reading Works!
Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 3 — Reading Brings Community!
Keeping Community in a Time of Social Distancing My office was moved to Tokyo. To unpack and set up the space, I had to go downtown. I didn’t want to take a crowded train, so I drove my car.  To have less contact with people, I bought lunch and... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 4 —  The Best Way to Improve How You Learn and Teach
The world famous linguist Paul Nation says that big reading works as the most important improvement that a teacher can make in a language course.  My name is Joseph Poulshock, PhD. and I am asking the question, “Why Read Big?”  Well for reason number 4, the answer is because... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 5 — Simplicity
Why Read Big? Reason 6 — Speed!
Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a grey and cloudy day. But now, the setting sun shines kindly from below the clouds. For a few moments, the flowers and faces around you glow. The light is soft, warm, and gentle. It is an ideal time of day for taking pictures.... Read more
Is That a Fish in Your Ear
Book Trailer by David Bellos ReadOasis Step 5 Um, Well, different languages have words for mostly similar kinds of things. I mean, because we're all human, you know, we have words for legs, and arms, and hands. And we have words for up and down. And we have words... Read more
The Science of Good (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) President Clinton stood in front of the microphone. He took a breath and swallowed. Then he began his apology. He was not apologizing for being with another woman. Not yet. And he was not apologizing for a personal failure. Not this time. He was... Read more
The Prince, Love, and the Clock
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Prince Michael sat on his favorite bench in the park. The September night was nice and cool. It made him feel more alive. The benches were not filled. Most people are quick to stay home when the autumn weather becomes cool.... Read more
Music as Medicine
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) You are watching TV. On the screen, you see the two strong hands of a man. In his left hand, he holds a book of matches. In his right hand, he holds a single match. With his right hand, he strikes the match on... Read more
The 5 Minute Drill
ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by William Warby How can teachers help students read more and feel more like reading. Try the five minute drill! This activity helps readers avoid procrastination and kickstart their reading behavior. Readers act as if they are interested and motivated to read by... Read more
The Last Gift
By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a rich, happy family, who were all gathered together. The master, the servants, and friends of the family were full of joy. On this day a son was born, and mother and child were doing well. The... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Doctor Harlow made a game. On a box, he put a lock. To open the box, you had to open the lock. When the game was ready, Harlow didn't give it to children. He gave it to monkeys. Then he watched what happened. Within days, the... Read more